Kwabs : Love + War #Replay

Lately I’ve been walking through life on the rhythm of Kwabs’ baritone voice. He recently released his addictive debut Love + War on Deezer and it’s been pretty much on repeat since I first clicked “play”.

Normally I refrain from playing a song I like too often, because I don’t want to risk getting tired of it. Kwabs’ Love + War album however is so diverse, it doesn’t get old. It has so many layers and covers so many different styles, it keeps fitting every mood and still surprises. It varies from poppy tunes (you might get some boysband flashbacks when listening to Fight for Love, don’t know why, I just did), to classic R&B (with nineties and early nillies influences), to deep soul. Instant classic if you ask me.

Most of you might already know “Walk”. It has hit the radio charts hard. Listening to the CD it won’t be the only one of his songs that will demand airplay, they’re all radio-ready. If you haven’t heard “Walk” yet, you can take a listen and look here, because the clip is easily as intriguing as the song.

His lyrics tell complex stories and will speak to you again and again. Heartbreak, relationships, pride, … You usually feel more uplifted after listening to Kwabs. At least I do.

Personal favorite: Forgiven

If it’s too much for you to take,
Then save yourself and walk away
‘Cause we can’t stand on shaken stone
Head to head, two hearts alone

… and Saved

Are the synths and poppy effects not your style? He has acoustic sets too. Go to YouTube and type in “Kwabs” + “original” or “stripped back” and you get pretty damn good music videos with just him, a pianist or a guitarist, and some backing vocals.

At first listen he might remind you of James Blake, whose Retrograde had me mesmerized for a couple of weeks, and you would not be the only one. He even covered The Wilhelm Scream, which is pure bliss.

So if you’re looking for something fresh with substance, an infectious rhythm and a voice that gets under your skin, you might want to give this guy a try. Make sure to check out Kwabs’ YouTube channel as well, because his music video’s are all works of art.

Purple Ferdinand – Birds | Some tattoos, some ukelele and so much Soul

Recently my attention got drawn by a new up and coming artist by the name of Purple Ferdinand. A ukelele playing tattoo artist who launched a single titled ‘Birds’. Since I believe every artist who can combine my love for tattoos, ukelele and birds needs to be featured on this blog, I dedicate a post to her.

She brings beautiful songs that are deeply soulful as well as (neo-)folky. The snares of her ukelele pluck and plonk you from happy to sad to blissful tranquility. It’s a lovely vibrating melancholy that once made me fall head over heels in love with the sound of Amy Winehouse. Her sound also brings back memories of that Summer my playlist mainly consisted out of Eliza Doolittle, Corinne BaileyRae, Selah Sue, Jamie Woon and Hindi Zahra. Although Purple Ferdinand’s sound is completely her own, I do believe her songs will make this Summer as happy as that one.

I read on Pigeons and Planes that her debut album, Dragonfly, will launch July 23.

Don’t forget to check out her Tumblr account and Facebook page or her other YouTube videos! Especially Beautiful Anomaly and Speak True are more than worth a listen (x10) to.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!